Only one in ten small businesses will make it their 10 year anniversary. That means access to capital plays an important role in the viability of small companies everywhere — and our economic well-being. Simply put, we need small businesses to succeed, and we need to ensure they have the resources to do so. Fortunately,… Read More


Is money flowing out of your business, faster than it’s coming in? Turns out, you’re not alone. According to the National Federation of Independent Business research, half of small businesses don’t hold enough cash for one month, while 25 percent of small businesses can’t even make it two weeks. While challenges vary from industry to… Read More


Sometimes we come across some truly amazing customers, who despite hard times and personal tragedies, try to positively impact those around them. We call these our “Good Customers,” and we’re setting out to make their day. The Taco Stop Cesar and Berenice were just 19-years-old when they started The Taco Stop, an authentic Mexican food… Read More


You can think of culture as your company’s personality. Just as with personality, corporate culture impacts perceptions, both internally and externally. Sites like LinkedIn, Indeed, and Glassdoor make it so any conversation about your company can become public information. Point being, how your employees are treated, and the work environment you create, can positively or… Read More


At FirstBank, ‘banking for good’ is far more than a tagline. It’s a belief that the composition of the bank goes beyond a bottom line or quarterly figures. Rather, it’s the people – customers, community, and employees – that are the central motivation for every decision. With that in mind, FirstBank is excited to announce… Read More


Each week, FirstBank officers converge to a sharply appointed boardroom for “Loan Committee,” where we review loan requests that exceed certain thresholds. Over the course of 90 minutes, officers  present certain loan deals in front of executives and staff. It’s unusual compared to other institutions, but it’s also what makes FirstBank unique and enables us… Read More


How can you ensure that your business is maximizing efficiency and productivity? Here are some strategies you can implement to help a business run smarter, smoother and level the playing field between small organizations and large corporations. Artificial Intelligence Providing quality customer service can be costly and might not be feasible for smaller businesses. Instead… Read More


Several years ago, FirstBank conducted this interview with founder, Curt Richardson. Since OtterBox is celebrating its 20th anniversary, we thought it was fitting to re-post this article. Congrats OtterBox on 20 years of success. Innovation. Passion. Accountability.  Given OtterBox’s commitment to its core values — or “Ottertude,” as they like to call it — it’s… Read More


In an age where consumers are becoming increasingly concerned about processed chemicals and added sugars, Denver-based Stem Ciders, offers something refreshingly simple in their crave-able ciders: all natural ingredients. The urban cidery, tucked away in Denver’s RiNo district, makes all of its ciders – from its Raspberry Apple Cider to its flagship Real Dry Apple… Read More